Rice is facing a three-game European ban after confronting the referee

Declan Rice is facing a three-game European ban after angrily confronting West Ham’s Europa League semi-final referee in the tunnel… with suspension set to be carried over even if he leaves this summer

  • West Ham United’s Europa League run came to an end at the semi-final stage 
  • The Hammers had Aaron Cresswell and manager David Moyes sent off 
  • Captain Declan Rice could not help but unload his feelings on to the referee 

Declan Rice is facing a three-game European ban after footage emerged showing West Ham’s captain accusing Thursday’s referee of ‘corruption’ and telling him: ‘You’ve probably been f****** paid.’

The Hammers exited the Europa League in anger, with Aaron Cresswell shown an early red card and manager David Moyes dismissed for booting the ball at a ball boy at Eintracht Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park.

Though West Ham accepted the early sending off for Cresswell was correct, they felt Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano was biased towards Frankfurt for the rest of the semi-final second leg.

Video footage has emerged of West Ham captain Declan Rice launching an X-rated tirade at referee Jesus Gil Manzano last night in Frankfurt 

Rice did not hold back from telling Manzano his thoughts in the tunnel as he was caught on camera saying: ‘Ref, ref. It’s so poor. All night it’s so bad. How can you be that bad? Honestly, you’ve probably been f****** paid. F****** corruption.’

Rice was shown a yellow card during the game for yelling at Manzano and may now be slapped with retrospective action. 

UEFA rules state ‘insulting any match official’ will result in a three-match ban and possible fine. UEFA are aware of the footage and are expected to review it, while they have also received reports from match officials.

Hammers skipper on the night Rice was furious at the official for his decisions on the night

David Moyes (centre) was red carded for kicking the ball at a ballboy in a Europa League tie

If suspended, Rice would miss his first three European games next season, whether in the Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League. The suspension would carry over, even if he were to leave West Ham.

Moyes said on Friday: ‘It shows you how much all the players care. We all cared very much last night. We felt as if we had been treated quite badly overall and that is what happens.

‘If you know football, everybody is emotional so unless you’re in the heat of it sometimes people don’t understand how it feels.

Emotions boiled over at points, especially after Moyes received his marching orders (above)

Moyes was particularly frustrated with a ballboy (holding ball) taking his time to return the ball

‘Last night, we had a group of players who were really connected, trying to win the game and felt it was very difficult under lots of different circumstances.’

Unlike the tunnel incident, Rice was slightly more diplomatic in his post-match interviews, saying ‘every decision’ went Frankfurt’s way on the night.

Cresswell apologised to his team-mates for his costly red card but is expected to be thrown straight back into the mix at Norwich tomorrow. Moyes has yet to name his team but is not set to punish the 32-year-old defender by dropping him.

German newspaper Bild gave Cresswell the lowest possible score in their player ratings, while Sportsmail was only slightly more generous, awarding him two out of 10.


1) Cresswell red card, 19 min 

The West Ham left back upends Frankfurt Jens Petter Hauge and, after being originally booked, a VAR review sees the Hammers defender sent-off as he is clearly the last man and has denied a goalscoring opportunity. 

2) Rice yellow card, 45 min 

The West Ham skipper was booked for dissent on the stroke of half-time. 

3) Moyes red card, 79 min 

The West Ham manager was also sent-off after kicking a ball at a ball-boy in a moment of anger.  

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